Alexander Hamilton
#115 Overall Influence

Alexander Hamilton

First Secretary of the Treasury and Founding Father of the United States

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Alexander Hamilton was an American statesman, politician, legal scholar, military commander, lawyer, banker, and economist. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the founder of the nation’s financial system, the Federalist Party, the United States Coast Guard, and the New York Post newspaper. As the first secretary of the treasury, Hamilton was the main author of the economic policies of George Washington’s administration. He took the lead in the Federal government’s funding of the states’ debts, as well as establishing the nation’s first two de facto central banks, the Bank of North America and the First Bank of the United States, a system of tariffs, and friendly trade relations with Britain. His vision included a strong central government led by a vigorous executive branch, a strong commercial economy, government-controlled banks, support for manufacturing, and a strong military.

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Columbia University
Columbia University

Private Ivy League research university in New York City

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Influence Rankings by Discipline

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#10 World Rank #5 USA Rank
Law
#14 World Rank #12 USA Rank
Business
#65 World Rank #12 USA Rank
Philosophy
#100 World Rank #49 USA Rank
Economics
#829 World Rank #179 USA Rank
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